The record is made with a system developed by an Instructables employee. Deep in Autodesk’s Pier 9 lair, I listened to a few of her printed and laser cut records.
Going “all in” with Google’s online services does not mean that Android is the only option for your tablet. The following will show just how much attention Google has given to to Apple’s own iPad.
What’s on menu this weekend? How about Paul Walker, future of work in age of anxiety, rise and fall of demand media, the Made in USA premium and why we need bubbles. Plus much more.
A display makes all the difference in the world for the Fitbit Force. For most people, this is the activity tracker to get.
Nanotechnology, the study and application of extremely small things, is having a big impact. Recent discoveries of new forms of carbon will revolutionize the way we engineer new technologies, impacting areas of next-generation energy storage, high-performance electronics and multifunctional materials.
For a limited-time, Sweden-based music company, Spotify, will offer a free ad-supported version of its service on mobile devices that, until now, was available only on desktop and laptop computers.
WSJ reporter Hannah Karp says Spotify has struck deals with the labels but mobile users will only be able to play a limited number of songs on-demand with recommendations based on user input, similar to Pandora.
Techcrunch learned that on-demand access will be less restricted if users listen to previously created playlists or collections, and estimated that Spotify might consider plays of songs people are already interested in as “less valuable” than on-demand access to unfamiliar songs. They also note that competition from startups like Rdio, Slacker, and Deezer makes a free mobile option by Spotify even more relevant and timely.
A new study by Edison Research found that 53% of Americans listen to internet radio: 39% personal radio (i.e. Pandora), 27% streaming live radio (TuneIn) and 18% on demand music (Spotify).
According to the survey, 32% of listeners were listening to “a lot” more online radio than they did a year ago, and 83% of smartphone owners say they are listening online.
Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn recently joined forces to form what they’re calling The Streaming Audio Task Force.
As people spend less time on desktop computers, it’s more difficult for Spotify to intice them to buy mobile access. Techcrunch reports, “With no way to try out Spotify on mobile, the company had no way to upsell them to paid plans.”
As reported by Karp, major record labels like Sony, Universal, and Warner are eager to increase the company’s subscriber base and percentage of free users who convert to the paid version, but these deals could also supply the labels with significant ad revenue.
According to a Techcrunch source, the free-tier launch could confuse users at first because some songs may be unavailable. “They’ll blame Spotify” says Techcrunch, “but sadly, they should really be blaming the labels, as they’re the ones too stingy to realize a simple user experience creates the delight that keeps users coming back, and maybe even opening their wallets.”
The source said that Spotify will launch the free mobile tier on December 11th at a press event in New York.
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Zapier’s goal: Make it easy for small businesses without a ton of tech expertise to knit together their app suite of choice.
Disney shut down its virtual mobile operator more than five years ago, but now it’s taking another swipe at a branded mobile service, partnering with little-known MVNO Zact.
AT&T introduced new Mobile Share Value plans and changes to its Next plans that could save many customers money.
Managed DNS provider Dyn is trying to grow after raising $38 million last year. To manage that growth it has hired its first chief financial officer, Tim O’Toole.
America is known as the land of entrepreneurship, home to entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, Steve Case, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs.
Today’s tech-entrepreneurs are finding exciting opportunities in media analytics and enhancements, enterprise web/mobile solutions, Internet publishing, survey software and auctions, game development and security.
Though angel investors write 16x more checks than venture capitalists, VC’s write the biggest checks to seed stage companies. Even so, 38% of startups are funded by family and friends, second only to personal savings and credit.
Crowdfunding is the fastest growing source of startup funding; it combines entrepreneurship and philanthropy, opens up new markets and motivates investors.
Forbescontributor and CEO of Crowdfunder, Drew Hendricks, says:
Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo provide the perfect platform for businesses to locate funds for a new startup. Crowdfunding has exploded in popularity in the past year, getting attention from both investors and businesses alike. But all of this popularity also means an increase in competition, which means unless your business can catch the attention of the matches, it will likely join the large number of projects that go unfunded on these sites each month.
The most successful campaigns seem to come with a good story. While most entrepreneurs are inclined to highlight the product and hide in the background, on crowdfunding sites, the entrepreneur is the story. It’s important you share what led you to create your concept and the passion you have for seeing that concept to fruition.
Hendricks offers these four tips for funding a startup:
- Consider your niche.
- Find a grant.
- Enter a contest.
- Crowdfund your idea.
Unlike in the donation model, investment crowdfunding makes individuals owners or shareholders who have a potential for financial return. Businesses seeking capital sell ownership stakes online in the form of equity or debt.
President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, Steven Zarrilli, says “emerging growth companies that nonchalantly foray into the deal process without thoroughly understanding what they want from a financial partner―or what an investor expects from them―stagnate the actual funding process.”
Rather than sign with the first interested VC, today’s entrepreneurs “weigh a number of options when choosing an investor, namely operational expertise, the extent of their network, access to customers, financial partners and industry expertise,” writes Zarrilli for the Huffington Post.
He cites three ways successful entrepreneurs close deals faster:
- Create a well-articulated plan.
- Approach valuation with rationale and reasonable expectations.
- Properly evaluate and assess management capability.
Crowdfunding sites like Crowdfunder, Rockethub, Crowdrise, Somolend, appbackr, AngelList, Invested.in and Quirky offer a variety or models and services tailored to a startup’s particular needs and objectives.
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The company will make it easier for governments in Europe, the Americas and Asia to inspect its source code for hidden backdoors. Microsoft will also apply encryption across its systems and, it says, step up legal challenges against gag orders.
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Bluetooth is getting a software update that will make it friendlier for connected devices including room for IPv6 support and the ability to act as a hub, instead of only as a peripheral.